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MINNEAPOLIS On June 15, 2001, the Twins traveled to Wrigley Field for a weekend series. They arrived in Chicago the best team in the AL Central, second-best in the league, boasting a 41-23 record. The Cubs were nearly as good, on top of the NL Central by a six-game margin, their 38-25 record worse than only the Diamondbacks in the NL.
The Cubs swept the Twins that weekend, back when Sammy Sosa was known for power rather than a corked bat and Torii Hunter was seven years from becoming an Angel. It was Tom Kelly vs. Don Baylor. It was before the Twins slipped behind the Indians and missed the playoffs, before the Cubs blew that six-game lead and fell to third in their division.
It was good baseball -- good teams, good ballpark, good fans.
This weekend? This wasn't that.
This weekend began as the AL's worst team against the NL's second-worst. This was a combined 43 wins and 72 losses going into Friday. But somehow, it almost didn't matter. Somehow, a feeling of hop...
BEST OF MAXIM
MINNEAPOLIS There were times earlier this season when Minnesota's Trevor Plouffe looked lost at the plate.
After going 0-for-3 in a game against Cleveland on May 14, his batting average dipped to .133. He was still drawing walks, as was evident by his .288 on-base percentage at the time, but the hits just weren't coming.
Even so, the Twins didn't give up on Plouffe...
(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer Scott Diamond grew up in Canada, seemingly destined to become a pitcher.
He says he was a bad skater, so hockey was merely a hobby. Baseball was his primary sport, but he only found the mound because, he says, he couldn't play any of the other positions very well.
The Minnesota Twins are happy...
As promised, we return to our Touch’em all team report series. We turn our attention to the Minnesota Twins. We look forward to Short Season and Rookie ball opening up so that there’s...
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While the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago Cubs have two of the worst records in the majors, only one is playing like it.
The streaking Twins look to complete a three-game sweep of the lowly Cubs on Sunday.
Minnesota has the worst record in the AL, but has put together a nice run over the last week and a half, winning nine of 11.
The Twins (24-34) will try to match their longest...
MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Twins organization believes in giving back to the community, which is why the team will take part in its second annual Hope Week, beginning Sunday. Each day for the following week, Twins players, coaches and front office staff will be out in the Twin Cities community, volunteering their time to make a difference, whether it be through raising funds or simply...
Trevor Plouffe had a double, a homer and four RBIs and Scott Diamond pitched six scoreless innings to lead the Minnesota Twins to an 11-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
Diamond (5-1) allowed seven hits and struck out five and Joe Mauer added three hits and two RBIs in his return from a sprained right thumb for the Twins, who have won nine of their past 11 games.
MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Twins' recent schedule has allowed the team to roll with a four-man rotation lately, but it's likely they'll add a fifth starter for Saturday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers.And it's likely that the pitcher they add will be right-hander Liam Hendriks.Hendriks began the season in the rotation but was optioned to Triple-A Rochester...
MINNEAPOLIS Sunday's 8-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs was one of just a few speed bumps on what had otherwise been a pretty impressive ride for the Minnesota Twins.
After taking the first two games this weekend from the visiting Cubs, Minnesota pulled to within 10 games under .500, a mark it hadn't been at since April 30 when the Twins were 6-16. It's been a slow, steady...
The Minnesota Twins (24-35) picked up their 4th series win in a row and have won 7 out of their last 10 but still sit in last place in the Central Division at 8.5 games behind the 1st place White Sox and are only 0.5 games behind 4th place Kansas City.
Alfonso Soriano doubled to left in the 1st to score Reed Johnson and put the Cubs up 1-0 right away against...
On the day of Liriano's start against the Chicago Cubs, now seems as good of time as any to take a look at his hot last two starts. After a short stint in the bullpen to right the ship, he has come out guns blazing. In his last two starts, he has pitched 12 innings allowing one earned run, walking three and striking out 17. Those two starts have helped him lower his ERA...
While the Minnesota Twins continue to dig out of a tough start, the Chicago Cubs keep suffering difficult losses.
The Cubs figure to have a tough assignment Saturday when a surging Scott Diamond gets the ball at Target Field for the Twins, who could finally have Joe Mauer back in the lineup.
Minnesota (23-34) remains in last place in the AL Central, but has won eight of 10 following...